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Checking Inn – Emily Harper

Checking InnTitle: Checking Inn
Author: Emily Harper
Pages: 246
My rating★★★★✫

When Ananda from This Chick Reads asked if someone would like to review a book by Emily Harper I just said ‘yes’ without thinking twice. Is there anything better than discovering new authors? I don’t think so. Since I have been reading lots of chick lit lately and just started my new blog, it sounded like a good opportunity to me.

What the book is about

Kate Foster runs the Summerside Inn (and her life) by well-organized checklists.
Make sure the caterers don’t serve devil’s food cake to the Christian Women’s Alliance- check.
Tell my mother that having a séance to get rid of any unwanted spirits in the kitchen during dinnertime is not okay- check.
Send a friendly reminder to all staff that the pens are colour coded for everyone’s enjoyment, and therefore it is not a good idea to put them all in one jar in order to spice things up as was anonymously suggested- check.
But, when an acclaimed hotel critic dies at the Inn, just before she’s about to publish a scathing review that would ruin the business, Kate’s life and checklists are thrown into disarray. And it doesn’t help matters that the detective assigned to the case is messy, unorganized, and too charming for his own good. Now Kate has to prove her innocence and save her Inn, or else the only thing that she’ll be organizing is the prison’s next bake sale.

What I thought about the book

‘Checking Inn’ is an easy read and I finished reading this novel in no time. The story isn’t very deep, but it was nice to read. If you’re in the mood for a light read, one where you don’t have to think too much, this book is perfect.

I love it when characters have their little quirks, like Kate and her endless checklists. That is something I can relate to, as I can be quite a control freak myself sometimes. I can imagine her shock when she hears that the hotel critic is dead and the police comes marching in to mess with her planning and check listst for that day. From that point things seem to go downhill for the inn and for Kate. Or maybe not, because the detective seems to be on Kate’s side. And he is cute! Not that Kate is searching for a man. She’s with Greg the Great after all.

What I liked most was the fact that this is not just the average chick lit, but there are some murder mystery parts that make the story more exciting. The mother-daughter relationship between Kate and her mother feels realistic as well. Even though they run the inn together, they are so different. Yet both women try to take care of each other in a way only mothers and daughters can.  The relationship between two women can be so complicated. Still mothers are often right, which can be quite annoying.

Over all this was a really enjoyable story.

Homecoming – Cathy Kelly

HomecomingTitle: Homecoming
Author: Cathy Kelly
Publisher: Harper Torch
Pages: 440
My rating★★★★✫

There are so many books on my TBR pile and sometimes I really don’t know which one to pick. Luckily I follow some great ladies on Twitter and they’ve got plenty ideas available. So last week I read about reading books with a blue cover and it’s as good a reason as any to pick a book by color if you haven’t picked a new book yet. The first book I came accross was ‘Homecoming’ by Cathy Kelly. I am not sure if I have ever read a book by her before. I think the cover of this book is really pretty and I like stories that are based in Ireland so I had picked my book.

What the book is about

Four women. Four lives. One place they call home.

Eleanor Levine left Ireland years ago with just a suitcase and her mother’s recipe book. And now, a lifetime later, she returns from New York for Dublin’s beautiful Golden Square full of hard-won wisdom. As she watches life unfold from her window, she is drawn into the lives of the women who live in the square…

Beautful actress Megan Bouchier had fame and success in her grasp – then she made the wrong kind of headlines. Now she needs a place to hide.

Big-hearted teacher Connie O’Callaghan is approaching forty and has given up on love. Why does no man match the heroes in her romantic novels?

Rae is a loyal friend and wife, dispensing tea and sympathy from Titania’s Tea Room – until a secret threatens everything she holds dear . . .

What I thought about the book

As the book is about four women, it takes a little longer to find out who they are and what they do, but as it’s such an easy read I was flying through the first chapters. I love how Cathy Kelly starts every chapter with an entry of the recipe book of Eleanor’s mother. They are not just recipes, but pieces of advise and wisdom and they really fit the chapters.

The women all live (or end up on) Golden Square and slowly become a part of each others lives. Even though that are all so different in age and personality, they can learn from each other and help each other. Each of them is facing something tough and is going through a difficult time in life and they all cope in their own unique ways.  I thought it was beautiful how their lives sort of come together after a while and how new friendships are formed.

So this is basically just a beautiful story about life, friendship and love and it makes me want to read more books of Cathy Kelly.

Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. An awesome feature if you’d ask me. Therefore I will join them from now on. Maybe not every week, but as often as I can. 

Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s prompt is ‘Top Ten Series I Want To Start‘. Who knows me also knows that I try to avoid reading series that are not finished yet. Sometimes I just can’t wait, but most of the time I can do it. So I am often collecting books until I have them all and then I start reading them. Another given is that there are way too many series that I still want to read. That’s not just about series though, there are way too many books I want to read and there’s so little time.

For this prompt I turned to my ‘to read list’ on Goodreads. The idea was to search for series that are from the past two years. I thought that it would be hard, but there were more than ten of them on my wishlist. These ten are the ones I picked as they appeal to me.

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1. Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

2. Time Between Us (Time Between Us #1) by Tamara Ireland Stone

3. Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

4. Fated (The Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noel

5. So Close to You (So Close to You #1) by Rachel Carter

6. Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1) by Holly Smale

7. Insanity (Asylum #1) by Lauren Hammond

8. Phobic (The Forbidden Doors #1) by Cortney Pearson

9. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han

10. The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

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